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Menlo Park tonight: Council to review downtown mini park

A controversial mini park, made up of a plastic lawn carpet and some outdoor furniture in downtown Menlo Park, is scheduled to face City Council scrutiny tonight (Sept. 26).

The said lawn carpet, part of a "pop-up paseo" or pedestrian-only greenway initiative to explore if and how a small urban park might work downtown, has recently drawn attention after an employee in downtown Menlo Park had the plastic lawn tested and it was revealed to have elevated bacteria levels.

In a previous council meeting, several local employees raised complaints that the temporary park eliminates car access and six spots of street parking on Chestnut Street, generates noise, and has become a place where transient people gather.

More employees and locals have written in to the council via email expressing similar complaints.

The park was first installed on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue in 2014 temporarily and for the summer and fall of 2015. In response to complaints about its impacts on traffic, it was moved to Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Avenue in the spring of 2016.

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The park has been used to host city events such as its movie series and the police department's Friday Night Lights events. It also served as a registration area for downtown wine walks.

Among the questions the council has been directed to consider:

● Should a pedestrian-only paseo be considered downtown at all?

● Should another location be considered?

● Should a temporary paseo be considered for seasonal uses?

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● Should a more permanent installation be considered?

To give your feedback on the paseo, complete an online survey here.

The Menlo Park City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 26, at the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center. Watch the meeting here or access the agenda online here.

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Menlo Park tonight: Council to review downtown mini park

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Uploaded: Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 1:50 pm

A controversial mini park, made up of a plastic lawn carpet and some outdoor furniture in downtown Menlo Park, is scheduled to face City Council scrutiny tonight (Sept. 26).

The said lawn carpet, part of a "pop-up paseo" or pedestrian-only greenway initiative to explore if and how a small urban park might work downtown, has recently drawn attention after an employee in downtown Menlo Park had the plastic lawn tested and it was revealed to have elevated bacteria levels.

In a previous council meeting, several local employees raised complaints that the temporary park eliminates car access and six spots of street parking on Chestnut Street, generates noise, and has become a place where transient people gather.

More employees and locals have written in to the council via email expressing similar complaints.

The park was first installed on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue in 2014 temporarily and for the summer and fall of 2015. In response to complaints about its impacts on traffic, it was moved to Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Avenue in the spring of 2016.

The park has been used to host city events such as its movie series and the police department's Friday Night Lights events. It also served as a registration area for downtown wine walks.

Among the questions the council has been directed to consider:

● Should a pedestrian-only paseo be considered downtown at all?

● Should another location be considered?

● Should a temporary paseo be considered for seasonal uses?

● Should a more permanent installation be considered?

To give your feedback on the paseo, complete an online survey here.

The Menlo Park City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 26, at the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center. Watch the meeting here or access the agenda online here.

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Comments

ManloPunk
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm
ManloPunk, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm
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Why is it the council chooses to ignore the majority of the feedback?!!
Get rid of they eye (and nose) sore!

It smells, it is constantly littered with garbage. What purpose has it served? Show the data that proves it has improved business, traffic or anything beneficial to downtown.

Sorry to say, but more and more I go to Palo Alto or Redwood City to be entertained.


Easy fix redux
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm
Easy fix redux, Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm
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Step 1: Remove pavement under turf
Step 2: Pour curbs two places across Curtis
Step 3: Fill with recycled dirt @ $100 per truck load
Step 4: Install irrigation
Step 5: Plant sod

This is about a $14,000 project. Maybe throw in another grand for the ridiculous water storage pipes and bubbler box MP requires. Just do it right as they have in many other downtowns like San Carlos.


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